Shows

Greenwich Family Arts Festival 17 [Full Line Up]

Aleena’s Garden high res

Welcome to the first Greenwich Family Arts Festival. Greenwich Theatre and Greenwich & Lewisham Young People’s Theatre are delighted to bring you a fun packed programme
of professional shows, community events, free workshops and outdoor theatre.

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Pop up Pop and Classical Music [FREE]

Classical cellist, composer, vocalist and loop artist Anna Scott brings her experimental
approach to live performance to surprising locations in the borough, from shops and fast
food restaurants to public spaces. Watch out for her as you’re doing your weekly shop…

Saturday 27th May
FREE • All ages
10am Woolwich Tesco
12pm Woolwich Royal Arsenal
& 2pm Woolwich Library

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SMASHfestUK [FREE]

Don’t miss a FREE, interactive science & arts mini-festival with activities for all the family. It’ll have fun interactive games, messy experiments, live performance, graffiti
art, a ‘Survival Village’ and loads more!

Saturday 27th May
10am – 4pm, FREE
General Gordon Square, Woolwich

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Mark Thompson’s Spectacular Science Show

Explore the strange and magical properties of matter with exploding elephant’s toothpaste, vortex generating dustbins, dancing paste, vanishing beakers and even exploding Pringle tubes!

TV astronomer Mark Thompson has been enthralling audiences for over 20 years with his fascinating journeys around the Universe. Now he returns to Greenwich Theatre by popular demand.

Monday 29th May
at Greenwich Theatre
1.30pm & 4.30pm • All ages

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Much Ado About Puffin

On a small island… In the middle of the big sea… A man meets a bird. Join Open Attic as they traverse stormy seas and reckless tides to bring you this funny tale about a man all alone, a friendly puffin, and a whole lot of fuss over nothing.
Using skilful puppetry, beautiful music and good old fashioned storytelling, Much Ado About Puffin is about old habits, new friendships, and stepping out into the unknown!

Monday 29th May
at Greenwich Theatre Studio
12pm & 3pm • Ages 4 – 9

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POP!

With his faithful teddy bear and fantastic basket full of tricks, Christian is all set for a lovely day at the seaside… until the day takes a turn and things don’t quite work out as planned. Performed by the awardwinning comedy magician Christian Lee, as seen on CBBC’s The Slammer and Britain’s Got Talent.

Tuesday 30th May
at Greenwich Theatre Studio
2pm • Ages 3 – 8

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Bring the Family Back [FREE]

The Caribbean Social Forum and GLYPT present a day of fun family
activity in and around the historic setting of the National Maritime Museum and the
Queen’s House. Join us for board games, creative art sessions or make history in an attempt to break a world record! This half term put your smart phones down and play!

Tuesday 30th May
at National Maritime Museum
FREE • All ages

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Tom Molineaux

‘I was born to fight’
Born a slave, Tom Molineaux boxes his way to freedom. In 1810 he arrives in London where his flamboyant style wins him fame and the chance to fight the great English champion Tom Cribb. Huge crowds gather to watch. Can the American overcome the odds to win?

LOCAL HISTORY BROUGHT TO LIFE
Based on an extraordinary true story, Tom Molineaux charts the rise and fall of one of the greatest heroes of bare knuckle boxing. Tom Cribb, his rival, lived and died in Woolwich, where a memorial to him still stands.
This performance will be followed by a Q&A with the creative team and members of the local boxing community.

Tuesday 30th May
at The Tramshed
7.30pm • Ages 12+

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The Greatest Liar in all the World

In this new take on the tale of Pinocchio, a broken down, two-bit music hall act who has reached the end of his tether recounts the story of his infamous origins. Familia de la Noche’s hilarious mix of clowning, puppetry, music and shadowplay, has enchanted audiences with this story of extraordinary encounters, curious characters and lost love.

Wednesday 31st May
at Greenwich Theatre
2pm • Ages 8+

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How to Talk to Teenagers

A new play devised, written, and performed by GLYPT’s Young Company, based around the joy, frustration, expectations, pressure, and intensity of being a teen.  Recommended for teenagers, anyone who’s been a teenager, or anyone who is struggling to understand one.

Wednesday 31st May
at The Tramshed
7pm • Age 10+

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A Heart at Sea

The story of a young Boy who bottles up his heart and throws it into the sea. Using haunting live music and original song-writing our hero is plunged into a wild journey of discovery and danger to recover his missing heart.

Shortlisted for the 2017 Les Enfants Edinburgh Award.

Thursday 1st June
at Greenwich Theatre
12pm & 4pm • Ages 7+

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Happily Ever After

The queen is growing impatient. Her lazy son will never be king until he grows up, gets married and starts acting like one. She invites hundreds of princesses from across the land, hoping to find the perfect bride for the prince, but he isn’t impressed by any of them. Then one day a princess arrives accompanied by her brother…

Thursday 1st June
at Greenwich Theatre
2pm • Ages 5+

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Stroller Coaster [FREE]

Stimulate the baby, relax the carer, entertain the crowd Strollercoaster is performed and facilitated by 2 comedy actors. This fun outdoor experience enthrals your baby whilst you relax, get a massage and sip on a mocktail.

The Bureau of Silly Ideas brings their unique brand of immersive performance to Woolwich, offering parents and carers a much needed five minutes off…

Friday 2nd June
in General Gordon Sq
11am and 2:30pm
FREE • For babies and their adults

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Call of the Wild

Stolen from his pampered life as a house dog and shipped out to the frozen wastes of the Canadian wilderness, Buck must battle brutal masters, feral wolf attacks and the elements themselves as he struggles to fulfil his destiny and become leader of the pack.
Jack London’s classic adventure story, set during the Klondike gold rush of 1897, is brought vividly to life in a new solo adaptation commissioned by the Greenwich Family Arts Festival.

Saturday 3rd June
at Greenwich Theatre
2pm & 6pm • Ages 8+

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Aleena’s Garden

Join Aleena in her beautiful garden, help bring the seeds to life, meet the animals that live there, watch the flowers and trees bloom and the seasons change. Featuring Makaton sign language, Aleena’s Garden is also suitable for some young people with additional needs. If you would like more information about the show or to discuss its suitability for your young
person please contact GLYPT on 020 8854 1316.

Saturday 3rd June
at The Tramshed
11am, 1pm & 3pm
Ages 0 – 3

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The Tiny Travelling Tightwire Show

Join the procession as “The Tiny Travelling Tightwire Show!” rolls into Greenwich Park!
Watch Kennington and his assistant Poppet the Puppet as they chance their feet on the
tightwire, in this part comedy, part circus show from festival favorites and
outdoor performance specialists Dizzy O’Dare.

Saturday 3rd June
Children’s Playground, Greenwich Park
12pm & 2pm
FREE • All ages

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shh … BANG!

“Quiet” lives in a muffled world of clouds and softness. Right next-door “Loud” collects more and more noises and wild sounds. In drawers and suitcases there are boings, splashes, bangs and swooshes. How can “Quiet” and “Loud” possibly find a way to listen to each other? Peut-être Theatre’s delicate dance-theatre performance for children and their adults playfully explores silence and noise.

Sunday 4th June
at Greenwich Theatre
12pm & 3pm
Ages 3+

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HOW TO BOOK

All bookings (unless otherwise stated) are via Greenwich Theatre’s box office.
Please visit www.greenwichtheatre.org.uk or call on 020 8858 7755
Please note: there is a £1 booking fee .

VENUES

  • Hanger Arts, Harrington Way,SE18 5NR
  • Greenwich Theatre Studio, Crooms Hill, SE10 8ES
  • Greenwich Theatre, Crooms Hill, SE10 8ES
  • National Maritime Museum, Park Row, SE10 9NF
  • The Tramshed, 51-53 Woolwich New Road, SE18 6ES
  • Royal Arsenal Riverside, Woolwich, SE18 6FR
  • Woolwich Library 35 Wellington Street, SE18 6HQ
  • Eltham Library, 2 Archery Rd, SE9 1HA
  • General Gordon Sq, Woolwich, SE18 6HD

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